Sumika: A User’s Guide
Casual Japanese Izakaya | Rice Bowls | Skewered Meat and Seafood | Michelin Guide Recommended | Imported Japanese Charcoal
Appetizer: deep fried octopus
Grilled skewers: scallops, steak, and pork cheek
Rice dish: oyakodon
Dessert: frozen custard pudding
The Vibe: a casual izakaya with counter service and a few wood tables
Where to Sit: at the front counter, which offers a good view of the meat skewers cooking over a charcoal fire in the kitchen.
Diners may bring in outside desserts for a $3 plating fee per person.
The restaurant doesn’t serve lunch on Sundays, and they close up the kitchen entirely on Mondays.
Press and Praise
The Michelin Guide recommends a visit.
Los Altos Town Crier highlights the quality of ingredients, saying “Sumika imports binchotan charcoal from Japan. The restaurant also uses high-quality meats – organic chicken from Petaluma Poultry and Kobe beef.”
Izakaya: a Japanese style of dining where dishes are brought to the table in a consistent, casual fashion designed to encourage sharing.
Oyakodon: meaning “parent-and-child” in English, this rice-based dish features a simmered sauce that contains both chicken and egg.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Linden Tree Books has plenty of music makers, storybooks, and games to keep kids and adults occupied until dinner (265 State Street).
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: the sushi at Akane Japanese Restaurant (250 3rd Street).